Welcome to The Pirateâ€™s Dilemma. This is where Iâ€™ll be documenting all I can about the subject matter of my forthcoming book â€“ which deals with the many and varied ways people and organizations are responding to problems (and solutions) presented by piracy, and other unconventional ways to share information.
In the book I address the questions piracy is raising using the history of different music scenes and youth cultures. I do this for two reasons. Youth culture has always been my comfort zone as a writer, which is why I knew a lot of the stories which I apply to the problem of piracy, but most importantly I do this because I think youth cultures act, as William Gibson once put it, as social experiments – places where new ideas can be tried and tested before they are applied to the wider world.
Youth cultures are incubators for great ideas. The kind of ideas Iâ€™ll be covering in this blog.